Community life

Raincoats make a splash

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2010

A new exhibition about historic Jewish contributions to Manchester's raincoat and waterproofs industry has opened at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

The "Waterproof People" exhibition is being run in conjunction with Manchester's Jewish Museum which provided rare artefacts from Jewish-run waterproofing businesses. Many Jewish entrepreneurs became involved in the waterproofing industry and by 1903 there were at least 100 waterproof workshops around the Jewish immigrant districts of Cheetham Hill and Strangeways.


Networking site rolls out

October 7, 2010

A new business networking initiative is being launched by Manchester's Jewish Representative Council in an effort to bolster business opportunities for Jewish entrepreneurs.

JnetManchester will offer monthly meetings attended by leading business professionals from across the Jewish community and Greater Manchester.


Charities fearful over funding cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2010

Two of Manchester's Jewish welfare charities are bracing themselves for large losses in local authority funding running up to the Government's comprehensive spending review later this month.

The Federation of Jewish Services, Manchester's largest welfare charity, says possible cuts from four Greater Manchester councils will hit its support networks which do not directly care for the frail, ill or needy.


Young Scots make movie

September 29, 2010

In association with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the new Young Scot project is to produce an educational film about Jewish life and tradition.

A core group of 16-25-year-olds met in Edinburgh to discuss the venture. The plan is to use focus groups and questionnaires to gauge the perception of Judaism among young Scottish non-Jews and produce a film for schools and youth groups which delivers a positive message.


Coalition cuts won't hit Scottish Holocaust scheme

By Stephanie Brickman, September 29, 2010

The Scottish government has confirmed that funding for sixth-formers to visit Auschwitz under the aegis of the Holocaust Educational Trust will survive any budgetary cutbacks.

MSPs have applauded the guarantee in a motion tabled by West of Scotland Conservative Jackson Carlaw.

"I know having talked to many pupils who have been to Auschwitz that it's a profoundly significant moment," Mr Carlaw said.

"It's having a very beneficial effect of a wider understanding among young people of just what racism can lead to in its worst form."


Glasgow goes global by streaming shul

September 29, 2010

Internet streaming has given Glasgow Reform Synagogue's High Holy Day services a global audience.

As part of its commitment to supporting members unable to attend services, Glasgow Reform started streaming internet broadcasts of its services more than a year ago. It has compiled a library of past services which can be listened to through the shul's website,


UJIA chief promises home sale benefits

By Cathy Forman, September 29, 2010

The incoming Manchester UJIA chairman has pledged that proceeds from the sale of its Mamlock House site will be ring-fenced for the community.

Hale-based Andrew Joseph, 47, who has served the organisation for 20 years, steps up from his role as vice-chair. "It is the intention that the proceeds from the sale of Mamlock House will be committed to a community asset," he said. "The exact nature of that asset is still to be decided."


Knesset guest backing Wizo

September 28, 2010

Kadima Knesset Member Orit Zuaretz drew on a long involvement with Wizo when she addressed the charity's Sponsor A Child lunch in central London.

Ms Zuaretz was cared for at a Wizo centre when her family made aliyah from the Soviet Union in 1971, when she was four. Her mother became a Wizo member and the link has continued.

"I feel like a Wizo branch of the Knesset because Wizo and our goals are mutual," she told 50 supporters at the Grosvenor Square home of Loren and Steven Kaye. The reference was about working for women's rights.


School backtracks on expansion plan

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

Akiva School in Finchley has backtracked on plans to expand to three-form entry.

In June, the primary applied to Barnet Council for funding to purchase the adjacent beit midrash from the Movement for Reform Judaism to make space for an extra form.

Philip Simmons, chair of the school's foundation, said then that the move had been prompted by high demand for places. But despite being awarded the funding, governors have now decided not to proceed.


Love actually - East Ender and wife mark 76th anniversary

By Corinne Rein, September 28, 2010

Love continues to blossom in Bournemouth for a couple who are celebrating 76 years of marriage.

Helen and Maurice Kaye live independently in an East Cliff apartment. Warsaw-born Mrs Kaye, 97, attributes their lasting union to trust, being on the same wavelength and enjoying each other's company. "Our problems drew us together rather than pushed us apart. No one said it would be a bed of roses."